Legendary musician, performer, filmmaker, and queer-core queen Vaginal Davis will be hosting Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart (among many) as part of her upcoming performance piece at PS 122, "Speaking from the Diaphragm". Read more »
Although he only has two singles to his name, in the swiftly moving world of UK bass music, Southeast London DJ/producer Deadboy is practically a veteran. After the appearance of his sublime U Cheated EP, the Numbers squad snatched him up and released the even bigger "If U Want Me," which solidified his penchant for swinging garage beats and pitch-shifted vocal snippets. Read more »
One of Ninja Tune's original star producers, Funki Porcini (a.k.a. James Braddell), returns with his fifth album for the label, and with a first single like "This Aint the Way to Live," there's no doubt that Braddell has stuck to his downtempo/chillout roots. Here, sub-sonic bass, foreboding synth harmonies, and bits of squelch ride over dusty percussion that occasionally explodes in wet, synthetic fury. In some ways, "This Aint the Way to Live" is almost too dark for a club's side room, but it is certainly perfect for rainy day walks or drives through a metropolis, its gray sonic pallette and plodding tones reflecting slick streets and soaked faces.
Natalie Storm, who we recently profiled and also voiced last year's XLR8R podcast from The Heatwave, is the most scorching new diva in funky and dancehall, and here she warms up this vocal refix of FootSteps' "Worker." The original stands alone as an incredibly syncopated bashment anthem, but The Heatwave's addition of Storm's up-front voicings transforms the track into even more of a club burner. (Via Dutty Artz)
On his second album under his own name, Richard Skelton creates a mournful music that is directly informed by the landscape, specifically the moorlands of Anglezarke (in Lancashire, UK), but which is also elegiac to his late wife, Louise. Though site-specific pieces (in the ruins of old farmhouses and so on) were later abandoned in favor of recordings inspired by the location, Landings is still partially derived from Anglezarke. Read more »
A few weeks back, we previewed a pair of new EPs from house producer Jesse Rose. Since our last report, the release dates have been moved up a bit, as the Berlin resident and Made to Play label boss released the first half of Sleep Less earlier this week, with part two slated for release in early May. As an added treat to whet fans' appetites, Rose has put up full versions of the EPs on SoundCloud. Read more »
One of the few actual bands on the austere Ghostly label, School of Seven Bells has announced the follow up to its 2008 debut album, Alpinisms. The forthcoming record has been titled Disconnect From Desire, and was produced by band leader Benjamin Curtis along with Jack Joseph Puig. Read more »
Like many artists and DJs from across the pond, DJ and tastemaker Mary Anne Hobbs got stuck in the US last week due to that pesky volcano eruption in Iceland. But instead of sulking, Hobbs is using her unexpected extra time in America as an opportunity to showcase some of LA's best beat talents. Read more »
There is a whole lot going on in Spanish producer Mwëslee's track "Pacifico." Aside from the slow-rolling breakbeat and the wobbly synths that make up most of the music, the track from his forthcoming Eurocarne EP is filled to the brim with churning ambiance, cut up guitar samples, twinkling sound effects, lilting percussion, and something that sounds like a bird tweeting in a far off cave. All of these disparate elements coalesce nicely into a piece of futuristic beat music from one of the sunnier parts of Europe.
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